Revelation 10:3
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English Standard Version
and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.

King James Bible
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

American Standard Version
and he cried with a great voice, as a lion roareth: and when he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth. And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

English Revised Version
and he cried with a great voice, as a lion roareth: and when he cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices.

Webster's Bible Translation
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Weymouth New Testament
he cried out in a loud voice which resembled the roar of a lion. And when he had cried out, each of the seven peals of thunder uttered its own message.

Revelation 10:3 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Cried (ἔκραξεν)

See on Mark 5:5.

As when

The when of A.V. is unnecessary.

Roareth (μυκᾶται)

Only here in the New Testament. Peter uses ὠρύομαι for the voice of the lion. See on 1 Peter 5:8. The verb here is originally applied to the lowing of cattle, expressing the sound, moo-ka-omai. Both Aristophanes and Theocritus use it of the roar of the lion, and the former of thunder. Homer, of the ring of the shield and the hissing of meat on the spit.

Seven thunders

The Jews were accustomed to speak of thunder as "the seven voices." Compare the sevenfold "voice of the Lord," Psalm 29:1-11.

As usual, interpretation has run wild as to the seven thunders. As a few illustrations may be cited: Vitringa, the seven crusades; Daubuz, the seven kingdoms which received the Reformation; Elliott, the bull fulminated against Luther from the seven-hilled city, etc.

Revelation 10:3 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

loud.

Proverbs 19:12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as dew on the grass.

Isaiah 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yes, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey...

Isaiah 31:4 For thus has the LORD spoken to me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey...

Isaiah 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yes, roar...

Jeremiah 25:30 Therefore prophesy you against them all these words, and say to them, The LORD shall roar from on high...

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake...

Amos 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn...

Amos 3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who can but prophesy?

seven.

Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunder...

Revelation 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder...

Revelation 15:1,7 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues...

Cross References
Psalm 29:3
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.

Isaiah 31:4
For thus the LORD said to me, "As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey, and when a band of shepherds is called out against him he is not terrified by their shouting or daunted at their noise, so the LORD of hosts will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill.

Ezekiel 10:5
And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks.

Hosea 11:10
They shall go after the LORD; he will roar like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west;

Revelation 4:5
From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,

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